Chief Executive Officer
I have led Hope UK since 2009, and before that I set up the ‘Volunteering’ programme here at Hope UK. I have been a youth worker for a very long time and am passionate about the need for good quality youth work and well-trained youth workers to help young people develop and achieve their potential. My aim is that we will be so good at our work that young people will be equipped to deal with the issues around drugs (and other areas) so that they can make healthy choices for themselves and won’t need ‘rescue’ later in life.
I joined Hope UK at the beginning of 2018 as Deputy CEO.
My career background is in the commercial sector, but I’ve always had a passion for youth work (volunteering in some capacity for all of my adult life).
I feel particularly driven to help young people make informed life choices, especially around the mine-field that is drugs & alcohol.
It is my hope that as Deputy CEO, I can use my experience and passion to drive Hope UK’s mission, to assure Hope UK’s financial stability for the future, and to lead and manage the staff team and volunteers to achieve their own goals
I’m the Volunteer Support Officer – this involves working alongside new volunteers to help them plan sessions or detached work, helping them with their portfolios, encouraging them to generate work in their own area and get the ‘Drugs, Sex and You’ courses into youth groups and/or schools. I have worked for Hope UK for many years and I am still very passionate about the work we do and even more so now, as the next generation are being trained up to be peer mentors.
I have worked for the organisation for a number of years in various roles and am presently enjoying working in the finance department, responsible for the day to day running of finances of Hope UK
My career started in the music retail business as a teenager in Norwich where I grew up. My wife, son and I moved to Northamptonshire in 2007. I have worked for a women’s refuge charity and a drug, alcohol and homeless rehabilitation charity where I learnt about the issues facing people of all ages in society today. As the father of a teenage boy and foster carer of a twelve-year-old boy, I am dedicated to the ethos and services that Hope UK provides and am committed to playing my part in enabling the excellent work to grow.
Away from work, I am responsible for much of the music at my church and have been playing keyboard instruments since I was a child. I enjoy walking in the countryside and have recently started doing the Kettering Parkrun with my wife.
I started work with Hope UK in the summer of 2017. I’m based in the Kettering office as an Administrator. I graduated from Northampton University in 2015 and not long after I worked on a target-based project within a prison working with issues surrounding drug and alcohol problems, family breakdown, homelessness and mental health/well-being. I was exposed to the ‘darker side’ of poor decision making relating to alcohol and other drugs, and was troubled by the ‘revolving door’ of misuse that was leading people back to prison. I joined Hope UK with the motivation that prevention is more effective than cure. In my role, I focus primarily on administration for Generation Hope, with lots of work alongside our voluntary educators, young people, but I’m mainly office based.
LOCAL PROJECT WORKERS
Local Worker, Northamptonshire
I have been the local worker for Northamptonshire for the last four years. Having previously been a volunteer, it was good to take up the challenge of focussing on one area. We currently have a small team of volunteers based in Northampton and between us we have delivered a whole host of drug education across the county. This includes regular detached work around the county, work in FE colleges, particularly in Kettering and Corby. We have worked with various ‘entry to employment’ groups, a number of schools and have even managed to find space on a school timetable to deliver our 8-week ‘Drugs Sex & You’ course. I am a qualified nurse, experienced youth worker and, on a personal note, working for Hope UK has been a great opportunity to develop my skills in teaching and training others, which is proving to be invaluable.
Local Worker, Watford
I have been the local worker for Watford for the last seven years. Having previously been involved with recruiting volunteers for Hope UK, it is enjoyable to now work with a local team. Our Watford team have delivered a variety of sessions and detached drug education work. We are involved in drug prevention work in schools, churches and colleges in and around Watford, and are keen to develop this work to enable children and young people live drug-free lives. I have previously been involved with youth work, and work with churches in a number of areas in London, and find Hope UK is a great opportunity to develop my passions in these areas. On a personal note, working for Hope UK has also been a great opportunity to work flexibly, alongside my role as a Baptist minister.
Hope UK has a Board of 10 Trustees, each of whom serves for 3 years before being subject to re-election at the Annual General Meeting. In addition, the AGM appoints annually a Chairman and Honorary Treasurer who are members of the Board. The Trustees include individuals from business, the NHS, education, church and voluntary sector backgrounds.
I joined Hope UK in 2008 as a voluntary drugs educator and have been the chairman of the board of trustees since 2015. Prior to this I served as a trustee. I continue to be a volunteer educator in Yorkshire and am also a full time pharmacy manager working in a supermarket in Hull. I have a passion for seeing young people choose full lives free from the influence of drugs and take every opportunity to fulfil that vision whether working with schools or parents. I am also trained to deliver our eight week young people’s programme Drugs, Sex and You.
Treasurer and Volunteer
I became an educator 15 years ago after seeing a session in my church. Over the years I have journeyed with Hope UK through the many different seasons in a variety of areas and roles. I have a deep love for the work and vision of Hope UK. Having worked in finance for 20 years, I have experience in the PR, Telecoms, and Construction Industries. As well as being a trustee and Treasurer of a Congregational Church, I have been Hope UK’s Treasurer for the last 3 years.
Trustee and Volunteer
As well as my work with Hope UK, I am also a professional actor. I first heard about Hope UK when I visited a Temperance exhibition at the Peoples’ Palace Museum in Glasgow as a child and have been working for Hope UK for the last ten years. I have been involved in making films for Hope UK recently, and I look after our Twitter account.
I first heard about Hope UK at a Youth conference where I attended a drug awareness session. I learnt so much and was so impressed that I became a volunteer myself. I have been with Hope UK now 12 years and am now a trustee. I feel passionately about the blight of drugs in our community which began when I was volunteering with young offenders in the prison and in the community.
I am from Hertfordshire and a senior member of the Generation Hope branch, which focuses on the development of youth in drug awareness and Christian like lifestyles. I work extremely close with the youth to strengthen the branch and increase in growth with new ideas and plans. I regularly attend my local church in Hitchin with my family of 6, where I am also heavily involved with the youth of tomorrow and praise and worship. Before Hope UK I was involved in volunteer youth work, sports teaching to children and have been working in these roles all for similar reasons. To grow and expand the minds of the current and next generation.
I have been an Elim Pentecostal Church minister for 39 years and have served at Whitehaven, Cumbria for 18 of those. I got interested in Hope UK’s education programme when I was a trustee of a rehabilitation support project called Starting Point, that met in my church. Helping recovering addicts made me think that there must be a way of helping young people avoid the misuse of drugs and alcohol in the first place. When I heard about Hope UK I became a volunteer and later a trustee.
I have worked with young people, families and linked agencies in different capacities for over 30 years. My work included visits to parents’/carers homes, small group work and celebratory events. I have a huge interest in examining and finding a solution that enables parents/carers to help their young people to reach their full potential within the education system. This involves referrals and partnership working with school staff and external organisations. I have been with Hope UK since 2002 and in my role as a drug educator I have delivered accredited training to groups of parents and professionals. I have also provided drugs education to children and young people in and outside of the school environment, and am currently a trustee to Hope UK. In my previous job I had access to several schools delivering a programme that I created to help push up black boys’ achievements. I am currently CEO of Lite-Waves Therapeutic Education which is an organisation that specialises in ‘raising aspirations and ‘changing behaviour’ in young people and their families from the African & Caribbean community and our work is predominantly outreach in schools, youth projects and other community venues. Hope UK’s drug and life skills programme is embedded in the core programmes we deliver through our partnership work.
I am passionate about drug education. I have been with Hope UK for 19 years. I am a trained teacher with 46 years experience of working in schools and colleges. I have 30 years experience of being a trustee/director firstly with Redhill Christian Fellowship and then Redhill YMCA, then Hope UK and now Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care where I am the Schools and Communities Outreach Manager Before I retired I was the Head of Finance at East Surrey College and have financial experience, with direct experience of being the former Treasurer of Hope UK.
I joined Hope UK in 2012 as a voluntary drug educator. I am qualified in drug treatment and worked with people with drug dependence for many years. I realised that prevention is very important, so joined Hope UK on referral. I am a newer trustee, and have a passion for young people to be free from drug issues. I run my own business, am a church leader and am concerned to see my community develop and be free from drug problems.